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In Recognition Of Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Schmidt July 15, 2016
Barbara Comstock, R-VA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise to acknowledge my constituent Dennis Schmidt from Fairfax Station, Virginia, a former Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army and lifelong dedicated public servant. Mr. Schmidt devoted twenty-one years of his life to the United States Army, including assignments and deployments during the Vietnam War. After he completed his military service, his dedication to public service did not stop."
In Celebration Of Ambassador Marion H. Smoak’S 100Th Birthday July 8, 2016
Jim Costa, D-CA
"Upon leaving his position at West Point, Ambassador Smoak became a legislative liaison officer in Washington, D.C. In this position, he assisted in drafting legislation and performed liaison duties with Congress, the Department of Justice, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense. During his time in Washington, D.C., Ambassador Smoak became Chief of the Legislative Drafting Division for the Judge Advocate General. He served as Chief until his retirement from military service in 1961, leaving with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel."
On The Retirement Of U.S. Army Colonel Carolyn Closs-Walford June 24, 2016
G. Butterfield, D-NC
"Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize and congratulate Colonel Carolyn Closs-Walford, the Senior Strategic Advisor to the Director of the Army National Guard, on her retirement."
Congratulating Colonel Guy T. Shields On His Induction Into The Army Public Affairs Hall Of Fame June 24, 2016
Peter DeFazio, D-OR
"Mr. Speaker, today, we are here to honor Colonel Guy T. Shields on his induction into the Army Public Affairs Hall of Fame, an honor deserving of a man who has dedicated his life to serving our country. Colonel Shields’ accomplishments are many, and his time in the Army has been a story of passion, leadership, and innovation. For nearly twenty years he served in the Army as a Public Affairs Officer, and he established himself as a media relations expert. He was respected and trusted by all he worked with: internal and external media, his military superiors, his peers, and his subordinates. At the NATO Nuclear Planning Conference in 1987, he successfully established an international press center, and under his guidance a team was able to handle more than 200 members of the international media for four days. His success continued as he covered stories and events such as the 50th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings, Exercise Double Eagle, Operations Support Hope, Just Cause, Golden Pheasant, and Iraqi Freedom. While working in Bosnia he coordinated the construction and operation of a radio tower and taught a team who had never worked with the equipment before how to broadcast messages to the Bosnian people. He truly has done it all. Colonel Shields’ time spent as an Army Public Affairs Officer set the standards for contingency public affairs operations for the Army and Joint Operations. Through his service, he set an example for contingency deployments worldwide in both peacetime and war. Every day I am grateful for the sacrifices and work that our service men and women do and Colonel Shields exemplifies both a dedication to our country as well as a model soldier with exceptional public affairs skills. I would like to join in congratulating him on this much deserved award."
Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 5053, Preventing Irs Abuse And Protecting Free Speech Act; And Providing For Consideration Of H.R. June 14, 2016
Steve Stivers, R-OH
"Mr. Speaker, I yield 3 minutes to the distinguished gentleman from New York (Mr. Gibson). The gentleman was a colonel in the United States Army, a member of the Armed Services Committee, and a great American."

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